21 House Cleaning Tips You’ll Want to Steal (Photos)
You don’t need a truck full of industrial strength cleaning supplies to clean your home. There are plenty of tricks and tips that can get your home looking clean in record time.
1. Renew your cookie sheets
Staring at brown smudges on the bottom of your cookie sheets probably doesn’t make you feel like Martha Stewart. To remedy that, mix ¼ cup baking soda with a little hydrogen peroxide (enough for a toothpaste-like consistency). Then, rub it on the bottom of your cookie sheet in small circles. After letting it sit for a few hours, rinse and marvel at the shininess.
2. Fight microwave messes
No matter how frequently you wipe it down, microwaves can accumulate grime from daily use. To fight the grime, mix ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook it in the microwave for two minutes, and remove the bowl. Take a rag and wipe down the inside of the microwave; any dirt should come right off.
3. Iron out stains
You don’t have to run out and rent a carpet cleaner to get rid of those tough carpet stains. All it takes is an iron and a damp washcloth. Wet the washcloth enough for it to be wet, but not soggy. Place it on the stain, and run the iron over the cloth. The steam will break apart the stain and leave your carpet clean.
4. Clean sticky surfaces
Have you ever scrubbed and scrubbed at a sticky spot, only to spread the stickiness? This home-brew can remove hard-to-clean gunk. Mix ¼ cup of coconut oil with ¼ cup of baking soda together. Rub it over your sticky area, and it should come right off. Save the mixture in a glass container for future messes.
5. Save your shower
It’s difficult to feel clean when your shower head is coated with grime. You can clean them by filling a small plastic bag with white vinegar. Tie it around your shower head using a rubber band or a garbage twist tie, and let it sit for at least two hours. Remove it and wipe down the shower head with a wet washcloth.
6. Immediately clean your pans
After some messy meals, pans need to sit for hours before you clean them. But this trick makes it easy to wipe them clean. Place once cup of white vinegar in your pan. Heat it on the stove until it’s warm. Remove it from the heat and mix in two tablespoons of baking powder. Take your sponge, and wipe off your pan with a few quick scrubs.
7. Fan-tasticly clean fans
Afraid to turn on your living room fan because it might rain dust on you? Place a pillowcase over one of the blades. Then, pull it off so that all the dust falls into the pillowcase. Repeat this for every blade, and you will be safe from dust.
8. Unclog the sink
If you ever run out of Draino, this tip can be a lifesaver. To unclog drains, pour one cup of white vinegar and four Alka-Seltzer tablets into your sink. After ten minutes, rinse the sink with hot water. Your drains should be clog-free, until next time.
9. Mind your molding
It’s easy to forget about molding when you dust. But dust accumulates along your baseboard, and it can become noticeable. To avoid this, wipe your molding with a dryer sheet. It will remove dust and prevent it from building up so quickly.
10. Grease be gone
You don’t have to live with your grease stains. If there’s a grease stain in fabric, rub chalk on it. Then, let it sit for about three minutes. Take a moist towel and wipe the area, and you should be grease-free.
11. Make your coffee grinder smell like new
After extended use, coffee grinders develop a smell. Run rice through your grinder. Then, remove the rice and grind up one tablespoon of baking soda. Take a cloth and wipe down the blades, and the odor should be gone.
12. Super clean your sponges
Sponges are the perfect home for nasty bacteria. But you don’t need to get rid of your sponges to remove the bacteria. Stick your sponge in the microwave for about two minutes, and the heat will kill off about 99% of the bacteria.
13. See-through glassware
If you use your glassware often, it might not look as clean as it did when you first bought it. You can remove some of the dirt that has built up with dish soap. Scrub it with aluminum foil, and the grime will come off.
14. Apply some TLC to your appliances
With a whole house to look after, you may neglect to clean your appliances. Every once in awhile, show them a little TLC. You can mix cream of tartar and water together to create an appliance cleaner. Scrub your appliances with it, and watch the grime wash away.
15. Cabinet cleanse
Tired of dried up food particles clinging to your cabinet handles? Combine ¼ cup vegetable oil and ½ cup baking soda. Dip an old toothbrush in the mixture, and apply it to the handles of your cabinets. It should get them looking as good as new.
16. Get the grout
Don’t let dirty grout make your house look messier than it is. You can clean it with ¾ cups of baking soda and ¼ cup of bleach. Use a toothbrush and spread the mixture onto your grout. Let it sit for ten minutes, and scrub the grout a little more. Then, rinse it off and admire your handiwork.
17. Clean broken glass quickly
If you or someone in your home breaks glass, there’s an easy way to clean it. Take a piece of bread (any type will do) and press it down over the spill. The bread will collect any shards. Continue to pat the area surrounding the accident to pick up any pieces that you might not be able to see.
18. Clean toys quickly
Scrubbing children’s toys is no fun, and going through a toybox worth of toys takes time. Instead of doing it by hand, stick all of your kids’ plastic toys in the dishwasher. Add vinegar, and wash them on a short cycle. As long as you don’t put any flimsy toys in there or use excessive heat, they will be clean and germ-free.
19. Luxurious leather cleaning
Leather is difficult to clean, and it ages quickly. But you can freshen up any of your leather furniture with some shoe polish. Just dab some high quality polish on the furniture, and spread it in. It will remove scratches and scuffs from the surface.
20. Clean while you cook
Why not kill two birds with one stone? The next time you need to clean your cheese grater, grab a potato. Potatoes contain oxalic acid, which removes build-up on the grater. After you’re done, either cook up some hash browns or freeze the grated potato for later use.
21. Cleanse your cutting boards
You can clean a wood cutting board with as much soap as you want, but it’s almost impossible to clean out the food particles in the scratches. Cut a lemon in half and pour some kosher salt on it. Then rub the lemon on the cutting board. The combination will remove particles that get stuck in the cracks. Rinse off your board, and you have a cleaning victory.